Indus Valley Large Terracotta Bowl


A fine terracotta Indus Valley bowl featuring a ring foot and a flaring body, leading to a wide mouth. The inside of the bowl is enriched with a geometric border of S shaped motifs, a continuous band covering the rim and two concentric circles painted in the centre, all in a dark pigment. The outside of the bowl is plain and unadorned, earthly encrustation covers the surface.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, repairs to the sides of the bowl and a minor chip to the base.


SKU: LD-260 Category: Tags: ,

The Indus Valley is a Bronze Age civilization from the Near East, which lasted from 3300 BC to 31 BC. It was discovered when engraved seals were found in the Pakistan’s province of Punjab in 1920-21, first in a site called Harappa and then all along the Indus river. They are known to be skilled in a wide range of techniques, but it is thanks to pottery production if they have been appreciated by archaeologists and collectors. Most of the pottery from such civilization can be dated back to the Nal culture, which flourished in the northwest region of the Indus Valley. Their terracotta works are characterized by a linear style, a geometric repetition of shapes and lines. Also, animals and plants, rendered in a stylised manner, abounded on their creations.  Furthermore, short ring foots and bowls with inward-turned rims seem to be as well among the main properties of the Nal’s pottery. In the end, pigments could be added on the decorations, to create beautiful colourful vessels.

Weight 820.8 g
Dimensions W 24.8 x H 8.6 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 57.99.2

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